MLB Spring Training: Friday was a day for a deal… or two

MARYVALE, ARIZONA - MARCH 06: Christian Yelich #22 of the Milwaukee Brewers talks with catcher Tyler Heineman #81 of the San Francisco Giants prior to stepping into the batters box during a spring training game at American Family Fields of Phoenix on March 06, 2020 in Maryvale, Arizona. (Photo by Norm Hall/Getty Images)
MARYVALE, ARIZONA - MARCH 06: Christian Yelich #22 of the Milwaukee Brewers talks with catcher Tyler Heineman #81 of the San Francisco Giants prior to stepping into the batters box during a spring training game at American Family Fields of Phoenix on March 06, 2020 in Maryvale, Arizona. (Photo by Norm Hall/Getty Images) /
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MLB Spring Training Recap: March 6

Loser: Sean Manaea, Oakland Athletics pitcher

The Athletics are counting on a full season and also a strong one from Sean Manaea, their ace left-hander who missed most of 2019 with arm injuries.

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This MLB spring training, however, has not been a good one, and it didn’t get any better on Friday. Against the Cincinnati Reds, the 6-5 pitcher made his third spring start, lasting just three innings and giving up four runs on four hits. His spring ERA is now 14.09.

Manaea retired the first six Reds he faced before they caught up with him in the third inning. The key blow was Matt Davison’s three-run home run. On the plus side, Manaea did count up a half dozen strikeouts.

Loser: Jorge Soler, Kansas City Royals designated hitter

The Royals came back to beat the Los Angeles Angels 4-3, but that didn’t make the day any less frustrating for Soler.

Continuing a pitiful spring, the American League home-run champion came up to bat with three runners on base Friday and failed to produce anything more significant than a harmless fly ball. With Hunter Dozier in scoring position and two out in the sixth, Soler struck out for the 10th time this spring.

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His first-inning ground out also left a runner in scoring position.